Friday, April 11, 2014

Carolina Fiber Festival 2014

It's been a couple of years since I've been to the festival. It moved out to the rural town of Sanford, NC.

The outside wasn't much to look at:

But the inside had a lot of pretty things! Here is what I brought home:


A skein of pink for my youngest daughter, sock yarn for dh, a couple of skeins for design, and an impulse buy (Kismet!) for me.

That should keep me busy.  :-) 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Blanket Be Done

I been knitting on this thing it seems for so long that I went into a final sprint and decided I wasn’t going to post until I could at last show the finished piece.

Pattern: Umaro

This is a perfect pattern, but for me it was a beast to knit. You have to want it to finish it. With the weather going back and forth from warm to cold I had that extra push to keep knitting on it at night.

Gauge? You ask. Did I get gauge? Er, no, it’s a lap blanket so I didn’t really care. It did cause me to go back to the store a couple of times for a couple extra skeins! Instead of nine skeins that I had initially thought, it took eleven.  But I love it.

Bring on spring now!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Valentine's Day a little late

The snow delayed everything here but I did get some goodies on Saturday.

Thanks to the Mister I got some roses and a couple of skeins of wool from Harrisville Designs.

Now that's love! :-)

Friday, February 14, 2014


Last summer when we were taking our trip to Disney World, I brought my Gathered Dusk stole on the plane with me. I knew it would be nice to have a knit to roll up and use as a pillow or to ward off the blast from the little overhead AC vents. I was right but still unprepared for my youngest daughter's plea of "Mommy, I'm cold." She enjoyed the stole and left me dreaming of my next design!

I wanted a wide piece with a lot of drape. When I saw the yummy silky sheen of Knit Pick's Galileo and the sport weight, I knew that would be right. The design came together after I drew and swatched the lace chart. I saw small airplanes or birds.

The lace is one sided and very mellow to knit. I like knits that are interesting but not too stressful to remember.
One tip I have is to use a stitch marker between each section. That helps to find your place after you've put it down and picked it up again. When I do that the knitting becomes almost mindless.

The pattern is available on Knit Picks or you can purchase it from Ravelry here:

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

10 Year Book Anniversary for Akiesha Princess of Mars

Just a shout out today for the Mister's first book launched in print 10 years ago today in Switzerland.

I remember when the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity made its bumpy landing on Mars in January 25, 2004. I thought how neat is that?

Unfortunately we couldn't attend any of the launch festivities or see it in person in the Migros stores but we were sent some wonderful pictures complements of Alistair Scott.

 But really this post is to recognize the artist ZeMial who created the logo, cover, and all the website art for Akiesha. 

He recently sent me a commemorative drawing:

Thank you ZeMial. It's really quite beautiful.

We hope one day that StoryPlus will revisit this series and relaunch it again in modern formats. But the Mister continues to write science fiction and I happen to know that he is writing about Mars in a whole new way with a whole new set of characters.

Now I just need to urge him to finish the book!

Stay tuned. Knits to come.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Stuff is happening

It's snowed a bunch here and kids are out of school. I've been meaning to blog about my newest pattern Soaring but have been busy working on my Photoshop school work.

(It has taken me a ridiculously long time to do that picture but at least my skills are improving!)

Then it happened that I bought a Knit Picks sampler of yarn. When it came, my youngest looked through and grabbed the skein of Diadem and said something to the effect of "Scarf, me want, now Mommy." It has been cold!

Sooner than I could remember to take a picture, the hank was wound up.

(Sorry no fancy Photoshop selections here. I need my day back. LOL.)

I'm a quarter of the way through my new design for her. (Of course, I told her this was the yarn I was supposed to test/swatch new designs with!) 

Then there was, oh yeah, some writing I had to get done. I sent my revisions in for my second Minnie book. (Cross fingers for me that it's acceptable!)

It has been a busy month! Stay warm.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Happy New Year

At this point I know I should probably save this post for the Chinese New Year. LOL.

I had every intention of posting a picture taken December 31, 2013 of my silly camellia bush and wishing everyone a happy new year.

It was a crazy bloom then because I knew it was going to be burned by winter.  (It doesn't look like that since the "polar vortex" came through!)

I couldn't post because a nasty virus took down my computer. (I don't like to advertise, but saved my bacon.) But enough of the excuses, here's what I've been up to:

1. Back to school. A new semester has started for me with a class in Advanced Graphics. I'm always trying to improve my Photoshop skills.

2. Working on the revision to my second Minnie story for MeeGenius. (I forgot to tell the Blog about the after-Christmas editorial letter. Oh my! It was exciting and deep.) Much work, but it's coming along.

3. And then there's the knitting:

I've completed the sample for my newest design! I've written up the pattern. I just need to send it off the tech editor and get some modeled photos. The photos are always a challenge but Knit Picks can help me out with that if  the Mister doesn't take some good ones! :-)

That's all for now. I must get back to work.

Make it a good year!